Bill and I were stacking chairs after church. “I love the stuff you write about what you get up to out there in Chad,” he said. “Especially about the conversations you have with imams. It’s a pity the imams around here aren’t like that.” ‘Around here’ meaning in the old mill towns of northern England where churches are closing and mosques are multiplying.
“What do you mean they are not ‘like that’?” I asked.
“Well,” he replied. “You know. Like the ones you talk to in Chad. Really open and friendly.”
“How many of our local imams have you actually spoken to?” I asked.
He paused, suspending a chair midair. “You’ve got me there. But they are not, are they?”
That was a few years ago. I am now here in the old mill towns, seeking to show English Christians that there are open doors, if they will but try them. We have already seen imams and other muslim leaders come to our church café and attend church services. In churches, we are beginning to see expectations rise.
Through WEC, a door is also opening for workers with vision to join us in this effort. The Extra Mile Network invites christian professionals with employable skills to serve in British Muslim communities.
Could you go the Extra Mile to reach Muslims in Britain with the good news? Contact us to find out more about The Extra Mile Network and how you might get involved.
Find out more about our Neighbours Worldwide ministry
The world is on our doorstep! In Britain and Ireland there is a thriving and growing population of people from areas of the world where the gospel is not easily heard. Although living here, most of these families still have no real knowledge of Christ or contact with the christian church. Neighbours Worldwide aims to serve these dear people in the UK and Ireland. Working alongside existing churches, Neighbours Worldwide teams teach English, lead Bible studies, visit families, give out Christian literature and do all they can to share the love of Christ in a relevant way.
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